Former NBA agent Andy Miller, as well as his former coworker Christian Dawkins in addition to his agency ASM Sports, allegedly facilitated cash advances to ineligible college basketball players, as well as reimbursed entertainment in addition to travel to student athletes in addition to their families, according to a Yahoo Sports report Friday.
Documents through the federal investigation into NCAA basketball reviewed by Yahoo Sports show players at least 20 Division I basketball programs received possibly improper benefits, including Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC in addition to Alabama.
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures which must be fixed in addition to fixed currently if we want college sports in America,” NCAA President Market Emmert said in a statement.
The documents show cash flowed to more than 25 players, an alleged violation of amateurism rules — payments ranging through meals to tens of thousands of dollars. Several are current collegiate players, such as Miles Bridges at Michigan State, Collin Sexton at Alabama, in addition to Wendell Carter at Duke.
Others who received benefits currently play professionally from the NBA: Markelle Fultz — the first pick from the 2017 draft — for the Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Jackson for the Phoenix Suns, Isaiah Whitehead for the Brooklyn Nets, Dennis Smith Jr. for the Dallas Mavericks in addition to Kyle Kuzma for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to a photograph of an ASM document, current NBA players Kyle Lowry in addition to Nerlens Noel also received thousands in loan payments.
The vast number of players in addition to schools represent an unprecedented challenge for the NCAA to enforce compliance reforms or punishments. The report notes which, as the federal criminal investigation is actually ongoing, the NCAA may not be able to interview people or review documents associated with the case.
The FBI arrested 10 people on Sept. 26 as a part of the probe, including four NCAA basketball coaches in addition to an Adidas manager, in a bribery investigation involving recruitment efforts. The probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid to assistant in addition to associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Emmert’s full statement in response:
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures which must be fixed in addition to fixed currently if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in This kind of kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of fresh York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors in addition to I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, the item’s clear This kind of work is actually more important currently than ever. The Board in addition to I are completely committed to producing transformational improvements to the game in addition to ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify in addition to punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”
Read the full Yahoo Sports report here.